March 04, 2005

Church abuse suit may settle

Kentucky Post

By Paul A. Long
Post staff reporter

The Diocese of Covington may be close to settling the class-action lawsuit that alleges a half-century of covering up sexual abuse by its priests.

Talks aimed at achieving an out-of-court settlement "have been productive and have resolved a number of difficult issues," both sides said in a court document filed in Boone Circuit Court.

In the document, the attorneys once again are asking Special Judge John Potter to delay the trial that is scheduled to begin next month.

"While there are issues that remain to be resolved, the parties believe that those issues ultimately can be resolved, and that a settlement will be accomplished with some additional work," said the document, signed by attorneys Carrie Huff for the diocese and Robert Steinberg for those who filed the lawsuit.

Posted by kshaw at March 4, 2005 09:30 AM